Last I wrote I had mentioned that I had to get a back x-ray since I was having some weird tingling in my lower back after a slip down a few stairs. At first I thought I had just really bruised my ego, I mentioned it to the nurses but didn’t really push it. After a couple weeks it was still bothering me so I told Dr. Ellis and I had the x-rays last Wednesday. I went in this morning for my weekly appointment and asked my nurse about the results. Turns out I have scoliosis and compression fractures in my spine. Really? I was just thinking there wasn’t enough wrong with me.
“There is a levoscoliosis in the upper lumbar spine…. There is a slight compression of the superior endplate of approximately T6 and T5 of indeterminate age….. Scoliosis with compression fractures.”
I guess T6 and T5 is somewhere in between my shoulder blades. It doesn’t really hurt, it just aches or feels like I need to pop my back constantly. Then there’s the unnerving issue (get it? ha!) in that when I move a certain way, I get tingly. Of course my first question was what do we do next? Tomorrow morning I have to do a bone density test to determine if I have osteoporosis. Yes, the same thing old ladies get. And I fall down stairs. I might need to get a hip replacement next.
I am not sure of what happens next if it is osteoporosis, maybe more medication? I asked what we do if that’s not it, she told me about cementing the spine. Sounds like the last thing I need. I found a good article that goes into a little more detail about all of it and it’s actually a lot less invasive than it sounds http://www.mayfieldclinic.com/PE-SpineFract.htm
On a brighter note, my counts were outstanding again today.